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Dual CPU CAD/CAM Workstations

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July 30, 2010 7:12:29 PM

Hello everyone, just finished putting together a couple parts for our engineers. I'm looking to build some serious workhorses that will do great with modeling and creating toolpaths. Here is what I've put together, what are you opinions??


  • SuperMicro MBD-X8DAH+-F - O (http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...)

  • Intel Xeon 5620 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...)

  • Nvidia Quadro FX 3800 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...)

  • 6x2GB DDR3 1333 ECC Registered (http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...)

  • 2x WD Velociraptor 160GB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...)

  • SeaSonic 750W Power Supply (http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...)

  • CoolerMaster RC-840 Case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...)



    I realize I'm missing a major component (CPU cooling), but I am undecided between an H50 watercooler vs an air cooled. Here are the two I was looking at:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


    Thanks in advanced for any help!
    August 26, 2010 10:36:27 AM

    Hey, did you end up getting this setup? I know the mobo you've selected is larger than e-atx so i'm curious if it fits in your case...
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    September 2, 2010 12:00:31 AM

    Hey Keveeen, I did not end up getting this mobo, but I did end up with a very similar set up. I ended up going with the SuperMicro X8DA3, which is an EATX and not the Enhanced EATX.


    I was having issues w/ x3 and windows 7, the Maintenance update seemed to help out but we were still slow to create toolpaths. I believe x4 is working much smoother with windows 7.

    *couple edits*
    Also, this board requires you to install the newest chipset from SuperMicro, so if you want to use a 5600 chip make sure you call supermicro and get the required parts. Also, I ended up going with a ATI v7800 due to price and performance, I checked out the reviews at 3dprofessor.org and it seemed to be one of the best bang for the buck video cards.
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